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Reservoir drained due to urine
upi ^ | June 16, 2011

Posted on 06/17/2011 9:00:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono

PORTLAND, Ore.- The head of the Portland Water Bureau said he decided to drain 7.8 million gallons of drinking water from an Oregon reservoir after a man urinated in it.

David Shaff, administrator of the bureau, said he decided to have the water drained after security cameras recorded a 21-year-old man, Joshua Seater of Molalla, urinating Wednesday into the Mount Tabor reservoir, which supplies drinking water to much of Portland, Portland cable news network NWCN reported Thursday.

"I had a pleasant buzz and I should have known better," NWCN quoted Seater as saying. "It was a split second thing and as soon as I was done I was like, 'Oh man' and I saw the police officer show up I knew exactly what they're here for."

Dave Stone, an assistant professor of toxicology at Oregon State University, said urine is generally sterile and would not pose any risks to those who drank the contaminated water, The Oregonian reported.

"It's inappropriate behavior. But how many animals are doing that or birds?" he said. "I don't want to second-guess the city, but I can't think of anything chemically that would have me be concerned."

However, officials said they are also concerned about unidentified objects Seater and four other people were taped dropping into the open reservoir.

Officials said the cleaning process is likely to take several days, but service to residents should not be affected.

NWCN reported the water is treated prior to entering the city's reservoirs.

"The water is chlorinated, but its chlorinated before the reservoirs so the water in the reservoirs is the water that you drink," city Commissioner Randy Leonard said.

Seater could face misdemeanor charges and fines, police said.

"I wouldn't mind paying for it, but I don't have a job right now," he told NWCN. "I'm willing to do community service to clean up the place because I feel bad and feel pretty stupid."


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David Schaff is the director of the Portland Water Bureau.


1 posted on 06/17/2011 9:00:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
7.8 MILLION GALLONS?

Absolutely, positively insane.
2 posted on 06/17/2011 9:04:38 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: JoeProBono
I wouldn't mind paying for it, but I don't have a job right now I'm willing to do community service to clean up the place because I feel bad and feel pretty stupid."

Funny he had enough money to buy beer/other alcohol, but at least he realized he was a dumbass.

3 posted on 06/17/2011 9:07:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: JoeProBono
As a person who is living in an area under severe drought, this is just stupid. Could the water not have been re-treated? Methinks the water director may be a bit of a environmental drama queen.
4 posted on 06/17/2011 9:07:31 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: arderkrag

This is OREGON....half the people ARE INSANE...and most of them live in Portland and Eugene...


5 posted on 06/17/2011 9:08:28 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: liberalh8ter

I’m sure the urine in that large a pool is no worse than the bird poop that probably hits it everyday.


6 posted on 06/17/2011 9:09:03 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: JoeProBono

What about all that fish and frog wee wee? You just have to shake your head these days at the stupidity in government.


7 posted on 06/17/2011 9:10:05 AM PDT by BigFinn (The King is coming and He isn't riding a donkey this time.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Urine is pretty much sterile....these idiots have no brains...not the guy who peed...the people who drained the resevoir...how many BIRDS, and other ANIMALS do they think POOP in this body of water...it ain’t covered! It’s why we have CHLORINE!


8 posted on 06/17/2011 9:10:27 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: JoeProBono

How about all of the birds taking a bath in it? Or the animals pissing or pooping in it. This is your government at work!


9 posted on 06/17/2011 9:11:25 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: arderkrag

Actually for us, especially THIS year....we are NOT at a loss for water.....wish we could give others some...


10 posted on 06/17/2011 9:11:28 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: JoeProBono
"The water is chlorinated, but its chlorinated before the reservoirs so the water in the reservoirs is the water that you drink," city Commissioner Randy Leonard said.

Asinine if that is the case. No city should ever sit water in an open reservoir without a treatment plan before it gets pumped into the tap system.

Dead animals, avian defecation, blown detritus are all things that can easily make it's way into an open reservoir. And a pre-treat with chlorine is not going to fix it all.

11 posted on 06/17/2011 9:12:09 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: JoeProBono
Bear Grylls would be appalled and mystified.
12 posted on 06/17/2011 9:12:34 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: JoeProBono

lemme guess...this guys IQ almost makes it into the double digits...


13 posted on 06/17/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: goodnesswins

Send some in tankers to GA. We need it.


14 posted on 06/17/2011 9:13:34 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: DonaldC

Like the old sign at the local plunge: “We don’t swim in your toilet, so please don’t pee in our pool”


15 posted on 06/17/2011 9:13:38 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: JoeProBono

The solution to pollution is dilution.


16 posted on 06/17/2011 9:15:26 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: DonaldC

They put enough chlorine in the water to cure cancer. a few ozs of urine are not going to contaminate 7 million gallons. What a colossal waste of water.


17 posted on 06/17/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: JoeProBono

Really stupid. The fish and wildlife are probably depositing huge amounts of urine every day.


18 posted on 06/17/2011 9:19:35 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: arderkrag

wish we could....Saturday’s forecast....rain showers...


19 posted on 06/17/2011 9:19:35 AM PDT by goodnesswins (...both islam and the democrat plantation thrive on poverty)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

There are probably geese and ducks doing their thing in the water anyway.


20 posted on 06/17/2011 9:20:29 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: JoeProBono

UH. MUH. GUH.


21 posted on 06/17/2011 9:23:07 AM PDT by Miss Behave ("It's not going to happen." ~Bibi The Badass)
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To: JoeProBono

I see stupid bureaucrats.


22 posted on 06/17/2011 9:24:30 AM PDT by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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To: JoeProBono
"The water is chlorinated, but its chlorinated before the reservoirs so the water in the reservoirs is the water that you drink," city Commissioner Randy Leonard said.

Why would they do that? And then to drain 7.8 million gallons? Unbelievable waste.

23 posted on 06/17/2011 9:24:52 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: ErnBatavia

“We don’t swim in your toilet, so please don’t pee in our pool”
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
What no “Designated Pee Section in your pool”?

My first trip into Thailand in 1959 was an experience to behold while transiting the river to Bangkok.
Beside being in the middle of the river and churning mud, on either bank were people observed: “Peeing, crapping, washing clothes, drinking, bathing, swimming, animals romping, cooling off etc etc” with the water being a sickening brackish color.
The activities going on were in no particular order but quite the scene....


24 posted on 06/17/2011 9:25:45 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Time to clean House (and Senate) again. Incumbents begone!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Wait until he gets the bill for 7.8M gallons.


25 posted on 06/17/2011 9:26:43 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘We own the economy’ June 15, 2011)
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To: JoeProBono

i dont even want to think about what the fish are doing in there


26 posted on 06/17/2011 9:27:30 AM PDT by turdhopper
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To: joe fonebone
lemme guess...this guys IQ almost makes it into the double digits...

And yet, he's head of the Portland Water Bureau

27 posted on 06/17/2011 9:27:58 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: BigFinn
Portland stores its treated drinking water at five historic open reservoirs, including this one at Mount Tabor Park. Health officials say the open-air reservoirs are risky, but reservoir supporters say there's little proof of that

28 posted on 06/17/2011 9:28:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

If the inebriate added 1 pint to the reservoir, you’re looking at a concentration of approximately 0.0021 parts per million. Hardly what a prudent person would call contaminated.
I think Mr. Schaff must have been the one less in control of his faculties. Simply insane, but good enuf for government work, I suppose.


29 posted on 06/17/2011 9:43:44 AM PDT by ForMyChildren (Irrigation help appreciated)
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To: posterchild

“The solution to pollution is dilution.”

Correct. They don’t even worry about terrorists poisoning water supplies because the amount of poison required would be so large, due to dilution. A little pee would have no effect.


30 posted on 06/17/2011 9:45:20 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: arderkrag

There are probably pounds of bird turds dropped in there every day.


31 posted on 06/17/2011 9:46:55 AM PDT by AU72
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To: JoeProBono

WOW!!! Only a Misdemeanor for ruining 7.8 million gallons of drinking water. Our City’s water facilities have a sign on them that says that tampering with those (Water) facilities is prosecutable as a Federal offense.


32 posted on 06/17/2011 9:47:29 AM PDT by NV Lawdog (In God I trust; Everybody else keep your hands where I can see them!)
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To: JoeProBono

This whole society seems to be run by paranoid ‘60s and ‘70s drug cases dropped into government jobs.


33 posted on 06/17/2011 9:49:40 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JoeProBono

Urine is pretty much sterile. An extreme case of wasting money if that was the only reason why the reservoir was drained.

Better check some bank accounts on this one.


34 posted on 06/17/2011 9:54:29 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: JoeProBono
“I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

W.C. Fields

35 posted on 06/17/2011 10:01:32 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a matter of fact, not a matter of opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

36 posted on 06/17/2011 10:07:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

“We don’t swim in your toilet so please don’t pee in our pool.”


37 posted on 06/17/2011 10:09:56 AM PDT by Razzz42
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To: from occupied ga
There are probably geese and ducks doing their thing in the water anyway.

I think the director is working on some signs for the ducks and geese telling them not to urinate or defecate in the water.

At least that would be the solution of typical Oregon bureaucrats after months of committee meetings and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.

Oregon is a beautiful state run by complete morons. (Washington State is too.)

38 posted on 06/17/2011 10:14:57 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
They put enough chlorine in the water to cure cancer.

Actually, they put enough chlorine in the water to cause cancer. Approximately 9% of bladder cancer cases and 15% of rectal cancer cases in the United States can be linked to drinking chlorinated water. Google "trihalomethanes drinking water".

39 posted on 06/17/2011 10:22:46 AM PDT by mulebones
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To: JoeProBono

I have spoke to lifeguards about some of this kinda stuff.
At one outdoor pool i have been to, some baby pooped in the
pool. They closed and drained the pool..OK fair enough...
But when I asked them about it , they said that there always
is a bit of fecal matter in the pool, cause everyone loses
a bit here and there...not to mention saliva/sweat/skin cells/
urine....so imagine a reservoir with birds,fish,worms, insects
pooping, peeing, oh my goodness, copulating nearby...
I just think the guy had to do it, cause otherwise he would
have to admit to all of the other stuff they let get into
it and don’t worry about....


40 posted on 06/17/2011 10:35:57 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: mulebones

I sure wouldn’t drink water from an “open” reservoir without boiling it or filtering it through a good filter. That seems so dangerous to me. I don’t drink the water from our town’s closed hilltop tank. We put in a very expensive filter system for drinking water and ice making.


41 posted on 06/17/2011 10:43:15 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: Getready
Polio is mostly contracted through fecal-oral transmission. When it was a major problem in the US many mothers wouldn't let their children swim in public pools. It turns out they were right to do so - small children fouling public pool water was a major decease vector.

-paridel

42 posted on 06/17/2011 11:07:23 AM PDT by Paridel
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To: JoeProBono
This reminds me of the pool scene in Caddy Shack!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th_aBzrV37M

43 posted on 06/17/2011 11:16:41 AM PDT by mulebones
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To: Paridel

It wasn’t urine which spread polio, but fecal contamination. Any responsible municipality with a surface water supply, like a reservoir, is going to give the water filtration (which will remove many pathogens), possibly coagulation with chemicals to help remove particles, followed finally by disinfection, usually with chlorine. One man urinating in the reservoir is completely trivial.


44 posted on 06/17/2011 11:20:46 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: arderkrag

I thought it too was insane UNTIL the last line about him and 4 OTHER people DROPPING ITEMS in the RESERVOIR!!!


45 posted on 06/17/2011 11:36:18 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: arderkrag

It’s not like Portland has a water shortage problem. All they have to do is wait a day and the rain will fill it back up.


46 posted on 06/17/2011 11:48:36 AM PDT by Vor Lady (The Lord will turn the arena of suffering into a platform of opportunity. R. Zacharias)
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To: JoeProBono

no ted kennedy pictures please


47 posted on 06/17/2011 12:46:15 PM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: JoeProBono

The homosexual men in Portland are going, “What’s in this water? I’ve tasted this before. Maurice?”


48 posted on 06/17/2011 1:07:21 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: arderkrag

The guy took a piss in 8 million gallons of water and these idiots think that polluted the water and made it undrinkable?

Please, please tell me this is a fake story!


49 posted on 06/17/2011 7:15:47 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: CommerceComet
The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland


50 posted on 06/17/2011 7:50:05 PM PDT by Dissident1
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